December 29, 2005
All five proposals on the ballot in the annual Illinois High School Association (IHSA) member school referendum were approved in voting by the membership. The online ballots were tabulated and certified in the IHSA Office Thursday (Dec. 29).
By a vote of 450-143, the membership approved a proposal to change Article 3.170 of the IHSA By-laws to implement a 1.65 enrollment multiplier on non-boundaried schools. The multiplier goes into effect on February 1, 2006, and will be used in determining classifications for the upcoming winter and spring tournaments. By the terms of the consent decree signed October 5, 2005, the previous multiplier policy expired at the end of the fall tournaments. The by-law amendment passed by the membership applies to all non-boundaried schools, regardless of enrollment, and does not contain any provision for waivers.
Member schools approved a change in Article 2.160 by a vote of 442-150. The change mandates that any guidelines or regulations for classification that apply to non-boundaried schools must apply to all non-boundaried schools.
By-law 3.073 was changed by a vote of 443-148, to allow members of a school’s coaching staff to present or distribute the school’s information to students at official junior high functions such as high school nights, fairs, days or visits, as long they are representing all phases of the entire high school program.
By a vote of 506-84, member schools voted to change By-laws 3.153 and 3.155 to add one more day (Sunday of Week 5 on the standardized calendar) to the summer contact-day period.
Finally, By-laws 5.350 and 5.450 were changed by a vote of 404-140 to extend the boys and girls water polo seasons by one week to conclude on Saturday of Week 46. As a result, it is anticipated that the state final tournament will also be moved back one week.
Except for the multiplier, all the proposals take effect July 1, 2006.
The complete listing of all 26 original proposals can be found by clicking here.